• A reader suggested we post Dead Disco‘s “You’re Out”. We think it’s fairly appropriate.
• Gay Australian judge Michael Kirby asked PM John Howard to change his backward stance on gay benefits: “Johan has put up with me for 38 years, and if I died he’d get nothing.”
• RIP gay actor Kerwin Mathews.
• The ACLU supports the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill, which will be voted on any day now.
• In other Matthew Shepard news, San Francisco Chronicle‘s MoisÃ©s Kaufman wrote a wonderful piece equating the contentious bill with a memorial for the murdered Matthew.
• One would think a lawyer would have a handle on the whole human rights thing, but not Ghanaian lawman Obeng Mensah Richard. He seems to think human rights vary from nation to nation. And Ghana has no space for gays – nor their rights, so they should just go away:” It is the submission of the writer that, moralists, teachers of morality and good conscience, and all right thinking members in Ghana should endeavour our quest in defending the good name of Ghana so, help us gays.” Gross.
• Outfest celebrates twenty-five years of putting fags on the big screen. What started as a student run festival has changed the face of queer cinema. So says executive director Stephen Gutwillig:
It means that more individuals are telling stories though a queer lens. Our noses are no longer primarily pressed against the glass of a media world that ignores or defames us, though there are a lot of us who are still outside. We have a ways to go, but we run studios and are at the vanguard of the do-it-yourself new-media landscape.
Maybe Michael Savage has a point.